Enchanted river

Enchanted river by soizpic
Enchanted river, a photo by soizpic on Flickr.

After a few months without publishing in this blog, I come back with some winter landscapes. As you can see, the Ossau Valley in the French Pyrenees is as beautiful in winter as in summer.

I used long exposure to give this smoothie aspect of the river.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 22.0 1/5s
ISO: 100
Focal length: 16mm

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Veiled Peak

Veiled peak

I know people who have been working at Artouste for almost 30 years and who told me that they never saw the Pic du Midi d’Ossau so beautiful as it was yesterday morning. I can tell you that it’s not a Photochop, it was just one of the wonders of the nature that make me so happy living in the mountains.

Camera: Canon 50D
Lens 70-200/4 L IS USM
Aperture: f 11 1/60s
ISO: 250

Long exposure on mountain lake

Frozen lake

I know, I should share photos of my travels with you, as you must be bored to see always Artouste. But I feel like that this place is so beautiful that we can not get bored to see it! Next time, I’ll share some photos of my travel in South America, so that you can travel a bit!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 14.0 4s
ISO: 160
Focal length: 16mm

 

Reflection on mountain lake

Reflection on mountain lake

Even though you took the Artouste train and walked up to the lake, you may not recognize the Artouste lake from this picture. Maybe I didn’t tell you, but I love hiking, especially out of the tracks. I went back with a few new scratches and bruises, but I definitely had the best views from this side of the lake, which only a few people crazy as I am had the opportunity to enjoy. Reflection on the lake was just an extra to my delight!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 13.01/160s
ISO: 160
Focal length: 17mm

 

Blooming flowers at Artouste lake

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Pyrenean asphodelus with Artouste lake in the background. Flowers are blooming more than one month late because of the late presence of snow on the Pyrenees. It’s unusual to see those flowers with snow in background in July. Also you can see another unusual phenomenon: the white circle on the right of the lake is apparently caused by the pressure of the hydro-electric dam.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 13.0 1/60s
ISO: 250
Focal length: 16mm

Melting snow at Arrémoulit lake

Arrémoulit lake under the snow

It isn’t the typical landscape you will see mid July in the Pyrenees. This year was particularly cold and with much snow last winter. Snow is melting on Arrémoulit lake, near Artouste, French Pyrenees. It’s just the right time to hike there, as it is finally out of danger, and you will discover wonders of the nature without needing special equipment. Of course, you need to be familiar with the mountain, and equipped with good hiking boots and the minimal hiking wear, but you don’t need to be an expert either. You can sleep at the Arrémoulit refuge , you will wake up with this great view, and the guys are extremely welcoming there.

Don’t wait more!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 13.0 1/250s
ISO: 160
Focal length: 16mm

Panoramic view of the Artouste lake

Artouste lake

If you take the Artouste train, you can’t miss the opportunity to walk for 20 minutes to discover such an amazing landscape. Many people unfortunately only take the train and don’t walk up to this beautiful lake, either because they are not equipped for hiking or because they just prefer to stay at the bar. As you can see, it’s really a pity not to make the effort. Just to remind you that the weather can change quickly in the mountains and you need to wear warm clothes even in summer, just in case.

As I am taking photos of the tourists in the train, I can tell you that many people are not aware of the sudden changes of weather in the mountains and they are not properly equipped.The minimum to wear should be water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, sweater, long paints, hiking shoes (or at least comfortable closed-toe shoes), rainy coat, and finally water and food.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: 16-35/2.8 L II USM
Aperture: f 13.0 1/50s
ISO: 160
Focal length: 16mm